2019 EWMC National Conference Call Houston, Texas
January 17-20, 2019
"EWMC BRIDGING THE DIVIDE, STANDING UNITED FOR JUSTICE EQUITY & DIVERSITY"
The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (“EWMC”) is proud to announce the 29th Annual LeadershipConference at the Hyatt Regency Houston hotel in Houston, Texas. Please join EWMC members from the United States and Canada who will come together to enhance their leadership skills, share in the exchange of information and network. Members will deliberate on issues important to workers and their families, give back to the surrounding Houston community by participating in community service projects and, lastly, enjoy planned activities in Houston. Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas, the fourth-largest city in the United States.
The leadership conference will begin on Thursday evening, January 17 at 6:30 pm and conclude on Sunday, January 20 at 2:00 pm. Delegates will participate in interactive skill-building workshops, plenary sessions, and Youth, Construction and Professional & Industrial Caucuses (Telecommunications, Utilities, Broadcasting, Manufacturing, Government and Railroad) to address important issues unique to those branches. Please come prepared to share and highlight best practices to help shape and employ practices to build and strengthen the IBEW, EWMC chapters and communities. Please review the conference agenda below for scheduling details before making your travel arrangements. You do not want to miss any of the scheduled activities.
ELECTION OF NATIONAL EWMC OFFICERS
Election of national EWMC officers will take place during the conference. Nominations will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, Elections will occur on Saturday, January 2019, and swearing in of newly elected officers will take place on Sunday, January 20, 2019. In accordance with Article VII of the EWMC Constitution, to run for office, a member must be in good standing and meet the criteria as set forth in Section 5. If you plan to run for an office, you must be in compliance with the provisions set forth above. Please note, all newly elected officers are required to attend a debrief meeting after the conference. That meeting is scheduled on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 4pm-8pm. Please plan your travel accordingly. It is recommended to schedule a red-eye for Sunday night or a Monday morning flight.
Registrations must be made under the name of Electrical Workers Minority Caucus or EWMC. To register online go to: https://book.passkey.com/go/EWMC2019/ or to make reservations by telephone call (713) 654-1234. Please register early! The special hotel discount rate for EWMC members is $145 per night plus local taxes,currently 17%. The hotel reservation “cut-off-date” is December 21, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Central standard time. If you have questions or a problem making your reservation, please contact Grace Smith at EWMCNational@gmail.com.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION (Online or U.S. Mail)
Please register for the Conference early. The Conference Registration fee is $300.00 which includes your EWMC 2019 membership dues of $75.00. Article IV, Section 4, requires payment of the current year’s membershipdues before admission to the meeting. Please see information below or visit www.ibew-ewmc.com for details on the conference and to download the conference registration form.
DAY OF GIVING - COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
One of the most rewarding conference activities is the Day of Giving by which we contribute our skills and talents to the surrounding community and we strive to leave it better than when we arrived. Our volunteer efforts honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by helping those who are disadvantaged or do not have the means or resources to help themselves, including our youth, dislocated families and elderly residents of the surrounding community. Projects include electrical work, painting, gardening, food bank worker assistance, and special projects at homeless shelters, churches, juvenile and senior facilities, and schools in the area. Our volunteerstake great pride in their work. In January, let’s show Houston what IBEW/EWMC brotherhood and sisterhood truly means. Join the Day of Giving on Thursday morning, January 17, 2019.
The EWMC will award a scholarship to a child of a National EWMC member in good standing at the 29th Annual National Meeting. A scholarship candidate must be a high school graduate in 2018. A copy of the diploma or a letter from the high school confirming graduation must be attached to the scholarship request.
A 500-word typewritten Essay on The Importance of Giving Back To Your Community must be submitted in WORD format along with the Scholarship request. Student must also show approval for enrollment in a state certified trade school or a college certified by the Department of Education and accredited by the local accrediting association.
Only scholarship requests that comply with the requirements set forth above will be considered. To be eligible for consideration, requests should be mailed to EWMC National President at P.O. Box 821462, Vancouver, WA 98682 by certified, return receipt mail and postmarked no later than January 4, 2019. Online Scholarship applications which meet the above-stated requirements may be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 4, 2019.
VOLUNTEERING FOR A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
Members interested in serving on any of the committees described in Article VI (Registration; Rules and Order of Business; Resolutions/Bylaw Amendments; Elections and Sergeant-At-Arms) should submit a written request to the EWMC President no later than December 9, 2018, c/o EWMC National Secretary, P.O. Box 821462 Vancouver, WA 98682.